The Joys of Finding My Balance - Published in Thrive Global

Photograph provided by the author, Jennie Souiade; Photographed by  Katie Donnelly , (c) 2017

Photograph provided by the author, Jennie Souiade; Photographed by Katie Donnelly, (c) 2017

 

The Joys of Finding My Balance

A Tug of Love

I love being with my family and cuddling their soft little squishiness (my kids’ squishiness, my husband is actually pretty chiseled). It is my joy of joys. (And when they both nap at the same time, it is a different kind of joy).

When I graduated portfolio school, launching into an exciting career in advertising, I declared with confidence that I’d be a creative director and balked at the idea of being a stay-at-home-mom.

I feel compelled to be a dynamic part of the external world in a big way. I have to, I must. Yet, the notion of raising my girls full time like my own magnificent mother did pulls at me now in a way I never thought it would (or did and perhaps resisted).

My future self guides me on my way — she’s the wise, whole version of myself I aspire to be and sometimes call on for advice. I also asked my mom, how she made the decision to quit a career she’d worked so hard to achieve.

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This article was originally published on June 15, 2017.